Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Belenenses will be looking to make amends for a 2-0 loss to Santa Clara when they take on Porto in the Primeira Liga round 17. O Belem’s main goal is to secure the top flight survival, but they will have to be at their sharpest in the remainder of the season if they are to meet the goal. Varela remains in the recovery room for the hosts, while Kau is rated doubtful for the midweek clash.
The Dragons, on the other hand, will be without Mbaye, Marcano, and Otavio in Thursday’s clash. Sergio Conceicao’s men are eager to melt Sporting’s advantage in the Primeira Liga table, and seeing that Belenenses have been struggling at the back of late, we are tempted to put our money on the title-chasing side. In their last meeting in the Portuguese top flight Porto outclassed Belenenses 5-0, which is yet another reason why away win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Goncalo Silva):
Born in Barreiro, Portugal, on June 4, 1991, Goncalo Silva is a defender who plays for Belenenses. After starting his youth career at Barreirense, Goncalo Silva moved to Lousada before the start of the 2010/2011 season.
After making 28 appearances in the league for the club, the Portuguese defender joined Atletico Club de Portugal in the 2011/2012 season. In 2012 Goncalo Silva signed a deal with Braga B, but after scoring two goals in 83 appearances for the club, he joined his current club Belenenses in 2015.
The Portuguese footballer made his Primeira Liga debut in on October 26, 2015, in a 1-0 win over Uniao Madeira. His primary position is a centre-back, but he is capable of producing fine displays as a right-back as well. Goncalo Silva has one cap for the Portugal U21 team, but he has yet to make his debut with the senior team. His preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Porto):
Futebol Clube do Porto are one of Portugal’s biggest football clubs playing their matches in front of 50,000 people at their Estadio do Dragao. Porto form biggest rivalries with two other Big Three clubs in Portugal and regular league title contenders – Benfica and Sporting CP. Rivalries between the clubs stem from the historical, political, economical and cultural discrepancies between the cities of Porto and Lisbon. The Dragons, as they are commonly known in Portugal, are the second most successful Portuguese team with a total of 74 trophies to their name.
Porto hold a record of five consecutive league titles which are part of the total tally of 27 Primeira Liga trophies. FC Porto’s success extends to the international scene as well with seven European titles. Two-time European champions from 1987 and 2004, Porto also won two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles, the UEFA Super Cup and the International Cup on two occasions. Together with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, Porto have the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage – the total of 20.